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Winter War

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Hidden : 11/05/2004
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Terrain:
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During the winter of 1939-40, the Finns fought the Soviet Union in an epic struggle for Karelia, the outcome of which can only be called miraculous.

In North:
  1. Fighting begins at Taipale. A Soviet division launches an attack across the River Taipaleenjoki.
  2. Prime Minister Ryti visits General Headquarters in Mikkeli.
  3. The enemy bombs the cities of Oulu in the north and Turku in the southwest. In Oulu, four people are killed and 16 buildings destroyed.
  4. The author Hella Wuolijoki travels to Stockholm for unofficial negotiations with Alexandra Kollontai, the Soviet Ambassador.
  5. An attack in the morning by two Soviet divisions shatters the Finnish backline defences in Tali.
  6. The Soviet Union announces its readiness to open talks with Finland in Moscow, but will not agree a ceasefire until the talks are actually underway.
  7. The Soviet Government formally apologises to Sweden over the bombing of Pajala.

In East:

  1. The Ministry of Education urges all schools throughout the country to stop work, as the classrooms are needed to house refugees.
  2. The Soviet 118th Regiment supported by battery fire and a tank battalion attempts to break through on the Saunajärvi-Alasjärvi isthmus, but is beaten back.
  3. The Ministry of Education urges parish priests and officials to reserve areas for establishing heroes' cemeteries as a matter of urgency.
  4. Foreign Minister Tanner reminds US envoy Arthur Schoenfeld that Finland has captured more materiel as booty from the enemy than she has received in the form of aid from any friendly power.
  5. Detachment Pajari defeats a Soviet battalion at Viitavaara.
  6. Around midday, the Soviet infantry launches a tank-supported assault in the Finnish 4th Division's positions in Marjapellonmäki.
  7. In Taipale, the Finnish troops manage to evacuate the Terenttilä stronghold without the Russians realising what is going on.

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